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Anime Profile: Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek

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Japanese Info
Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek Kakurenbo(カクレンボ)(Hide and Seek) Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek
1 movie 1 movie
October 11, 2005(DVD), October 29, 2005(Cartoon Network broadcast) September 1, 2004
Central Park Media Yamatoworks - D.A.C./TV Kanegawa
  Syuhei Morita
  Syuhei Morita
Horror, Paranormal Horror, Paranormal
Blood-Taker Chi-Tori
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Child-Taker Ko-Tori
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Hikora Hikora
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Last I checked, this anime was available on DVD at Amazon and The Right Stuf.

Anime Characters: Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek

English Name
Japanese Name
English Name
Japanese Name
Blood-Taker Chi-Tori Oni Ogre
Child-Taker Ko-Tori Sorincha Sorincha
Hikora Hikora Suku Suku
Inmu Inmu Tachiji Tachiji
Liver-Taker Kimo-Tori Yaimao Yaimao
Noshiga Noshiga Yanku Yanku
Oil-Taker Abura-Tori    

Anime Description: Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek

There is a street where no one lives, where lights are on but nobody is there to light them. It is where kids go to play hide and seek in white cat masks after dark, and where those kids are sometimes taken by demons and disappear forever. Tonight, a boy named Hikora joins the game to look for his sister Sorincha who has gone missing after she went to play the game.

In this abandoned part of town the kids play a game called O-to-ko-yo. The game is played by seven kids having to find their way with neon lights to guild them to O-to-ko-yo square. The doors leading to this creepy area glow with orange characters that read "Demon City".

When Hikora arrives he befriends another boy named Yaimao; and along with Hikora a new girl shows up. Hikora belives that she may be his missing sister, and when he and Yaimao try to catch her she remains out of their reach. As the strange statues throughout the Demon City seem to come to life, the game takes on a much more terrifying feel.

Anime Description: Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek

Kakurenbo means hide and seek, obviously, and it's about a game that is played in a deserted town which is inhabited by demons. this game is called O-to-ko-yo.

In the game of O-to-ko-yo, there must be seven players, and each one must wear a fox mask in order to play. It's no ordinary game of hide and seek, though, as the demons that dwell there can smell kids and come to get them. In the game, the whole town becomes a maze, but if you can find the signs of "O", "to", "ko", and "yo", you'll find your way... but that's not easy with all the demons after you.

Anyway, a boy named Hikora plays the game in search of his missing sister, Sorincha, and is accompanied by Yaimao. There is also Noshiga and his group and the two mysterious twins, Inmu and Yanku, who never speak. But then there is a girl, too, but with her there it makes eight players and there are only supposed to be seven. There are four demons: the Liver-Taker, Blood-Taker, Oil-Taker, and Child-Taker.

Anime Description: Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek

In this Japanese variation of hide and seek, Kakurenbo takes place in an old ruined city, there's a game that can only be played by children called "Otokoyo." It is rumored that children who lose at this game disappear without a trace. The game involves children putting on different masks while trying to avoid 4 demons that are trying to capture them.

And it's at this old city where they decide that it would be the best location for this mysterious game. A group of kids partake in Otokoyo, while one of the players enters the game in hope of finding out what happened to her sister that vanished during one of the games. However, why the children partake in such a game is a mystery. And the mysterious forces behind Otokoyo is a much bigger one.

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